Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The annual effort to bring school supplies to Edmonson County students has resulted in a payday as members of the Family Resource, Youth Services Centers, and Community Education unloaded truckloads of goods that were gathered through the local Cram the Cruiser event in conjunction with the regional school supply drive, Stuff The Bus.
Staff members drove to the Bowling Green Daily News warehouse today, where all the goods from Stuff The Bus are stored and distributed, and Edmonson County school personnel loaded their haul. They then brought it back to ECHS where they began sorting out school supplies of all kinds so it can later will be distributed throughout all county schools.
"The supplies are sorted accordingly so that the Family Resource Centers which assist South Edmonson, Kyrock, and the 5/6 Center, and our Youth Services Center, which assists the middle and high schools can assure the supplies go where they are most needed," said Jamie Carnes, Supervisor of State and Federal Programs.
"We also send many thanks to everyone that helped in this event in any way, our donors, and for today's help," said Carnes. "We want to thank Kyle Cassady for the use of his trailer today as well."
Items that were donated through the Cram the Cruiser campaign were doubled by Stuff the Bus.
Radio host Tony Rose and dozens of other STB volunteers helped Edmonson County staff members load boxes this morning.
"People may get tired of us saying this, but Edmonson County is one of the best examples of how Stuff the Bus works," said Rose. "When local school systems are working in their own areas for Stuff The Bus, it just extends our reach even more and because of that, we're able to help more and more students every year and that's what this is all about."
The supplies ranged anywhere from pencils, notebooks, and glue sticks, all the way to backpacks and clothing items.
The first day of school for Edmonson County students is one week from today, Wednesday, August 2, 2017.